Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion

Blown to Bits: Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion by Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry Lewis 0137135599 9780137135592
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If you want to understand the future before it happens, youll love this book. If you want to change the future before it happens to you, this book is required reading.-Reed Hundt, former Chairman of the Federal Communications CommissionThere is no simpler or clearer statement of the radical change that digital technologies will bring, nor any book that better prepares one for thinking about the next steps.-LawrenceLessig, Stanford Law School and Author of Code and Other Laws of CyberspaceBlown to Bits will blow you away. In highly accessible and always fun prose, it explores all the nooks and crannies of the digital universe, exploring not only how this exploding space works but also what it means.-Debora Spar, President of Barnard College, Author of Ruling the Waves and The Baby BusinessThis is a wonderful book-probably the best since Hal Varian and Carl Schultz wrote Digital Rules. The authors are engineers, not economists. The result is a long, friendly talk with the genie, out of the lamp, and willing to help you avoid making the traditional mistake with that all-important third wish.-David Warsh, Author of Knowledge and the Wealth of NationsBlown to Bits is one of the clearest expositions Ive seen of the social and political issues arising from the Internet. Its remarkably clear explanations of how the Net actually works lets the hot air out of some seemingly endless debates. Youve made explaining this stuff look easy. Congratulations!-David Weinberger, Coauthor of The Cluetrain Manifesto and Author of Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder.Blown to Bits is a timely, important, and very readable take on how information is produced and consumed today, and more important, on the approaching sea change in the way that we as a society deal with the consequences.-Craig Silverstein, Director of Technology, Google, Inc.This book gives an overview of the kinds of issues confronting society as we become increasingly dependent on the Internet and the World Wide Web. Every informed citizen should read this book and then form their own opinion on these and related issues. And after reading this book you will rethink how (and even whether) you use the Web to form your opinions...-James S. Miller, Senior Director for Technology Policy and Strategy, Microsoft CorporationMost writing about the digital world comes from techies writing about technical matter for other techies or from pundits whose turn of phrase greatly exceeds their technical knowledge. In Blown to Bits, experts in computer science address authoritatively the practical issues in which we all have keen interest.-Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Author of Multiple Intelligences and Changing MindsRegardless of your experience with computers, Blown to Bits provides a uniquely entertaining and informative perspective from the computing industrys greatest minds.A fascinating, insightful and entertaining book that helps you understand computers and their impact on the world in a whole new way.This is a rare book that explains the impact of the digital explosion in a way that everyone can understand and, at the same time, challenges experts to think in new ways.-Anne Margulies, Assistant Secretary for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth of MassachusettsBlown to Bits is fun and fundamental. What a pleasure to see real teachers offering such excellent framework for students in a digital age to explore and understand their digital environmen

Author: Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry Lewis

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 366

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

Publication Date: 2008-06-27


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